Rio Ferdinand admits Manchester United are lucky to be in the hat for the FA Cup semi-finals after a second-half collapse against Chelsea.

The Red Devils were in command of their sixth round tie against the Blues, with goals from Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney appearing to put the hosts on course for the final four.

However, Eden Hazard and Ramires had other ideas, and the hosts survived by the skin of their teeth in the final stages as David de Gea produced a stunning save to deny Juan Mata and keep the scores level at 2-2.

Ferdinand made reference to the stop in his post-match assessment on Facebook, and admitted that the clash was a classic ‘game of two halves’.

“A game of 2 halves yesterday... disappointed we never finished the game off in the 1st half... then we were lucky to stay in the hat after the 2nd half. What a save by David De Gea at the end,” he wrote on his official Facebook page.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were then drawn against Manchester City in the aftermath of the match, providing a potential repeat of the 2011 clash at Wembley – if United get past Chelsea in the replay at Stamford Bridge, of course.

The Citizens went on to win the trophy that year, and Ferdinand will be out for revenge in the quest for a trophy he’s yet to win during his illustrious career.

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